Dropping in here at home base to wish you all the best this holiday season.
Winter… the time to go inward and underground, as I sit here warm by the fire, I know it is the perfect time to look back on how far we’ve come this year.
Feel free to post anything that has brought you a sense of ‘feel good’ and positivity in 2022. Sharing upbeat news is always a good thing.
Sending smiles across the miles in gratefulness to you all for your kind support.
I will be releasing a new single around February!!… (hopefully in time of Valentines Day); so be on the lookout for lots of talk and excitement about that. Can’t say much more at this time. It is always so helpful when you share with your friends family and acquaintances… so THANK YOU.
We plan on spending a bit more time on my official youtube channel @gregoryabbottmusic so please find me there.
And lastly, here’s wishing you health, happiness, joy and peace. Whatever your faith, I wish you blessings.
May 2023 bring us all closer together. And… I hope through the universal language of music, to add drops of joy to your days and to the world.
Hello all. It has been quite a challenge for us all to stay positively engaged during such trying times. First with Covid-19 and now… in the past few weeks… with the repeated realization that we have a broken system.
And all the many others….. The struggle continues.
It is my hope and prayer that common sense, decency and science prevail in the end with both Covid-19 and Black Lives Matter. Remember that November is coming. I hope you are all prepared to VOTE.
As many states are beginning to open up in the effort to get things back to a more normal life flow… I can’t stress enough the importance of continuing to follow the guidelines of wearing masks and washing hands.
Below is a list of questions from a particularly enjoyable exclusive interview I did with RB page. If you have not gotten a chance to listen… I place it here for you now. Mostly, I am speaking on the topic of songwriting and how it is that I come up with my creations…. As some of you know… I don’t really think of myself solely as a singer. I started off in the music business as a songwriter and producer. Later, when all the magical factors came together and I began singing my own material….. Well… as they say… the rest is history… To this day I am grateful and continue to be humbled from the loyal support that comes from all of you.
Here’s a little ditty about sustainable development. I thought it might be cool to pass this along to some of our youngsters so they can get an idea of the kinds of things to think about as they grow older and have more responsibility in this world of ours.
UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
By now you are aware that I am an advocate for the creation of a sustainable future for everyone…. I think the United Nations sustainable development goals continue to be a good way to break down and understand the problems that not just the world, but we as individual people face towards reaching that goal. If we understand these goals in a larger context… then I believe we can really understand that all of us as human beings have the same basic needs and are after the same things. Here are goals 3, 4 and 5.
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being.
It is pretty obvious at the moment that not only the United States but the entire planet is struggling with the issue of good health and well being. Covid has brought us to a strange time indeed… where people aren’t sure what the future will hold… only that it will not return to its previous state. It is my belief that every person should have the ability to maintain good health and have a sense of well being. Of course if you are not in good health you won’t have that sense of well being. Further, if you’re struggling with making ends meat it is pretty difficult to maintain. For me, this means that poverty is a large contributor to a poor sense of well being. Just think of it– if we could END poverty…. We could solve so many of the problems in this world…
GOAL 4: Quality Education.
It is true that on the whole more and more people are being educated. That is the good news. An interesting fact on a world level is that it is women who are more likely to complete their degrees… but they will earn less and have less opportunity in the job market than men with the same degree. So we still have a way to go… here’s a link.
Another interesting point I’d like to bring up regarding early education here in the United States, is what our children are taught in schools. The truth is, we do not teach the complete history of the United States in early education. This is one of the things that cause problems in the future. If we understood all the contributions that make up our combined history, we would have a more accurate view of each other and the world. We need to update our history books to accurately reflect history.
GOAL 5: Gender Equality
Simply put… we’re still far from accomplishing gender equality… especially as it relates to jobs as mentioned above. But there is also another blaring aspect to job inequality…. Race. Here are the statistics: If a while male gets a job and he makes one dollar…. A white woman will make 77 cents… African American women will make 64 cents of that same dollar and Hispanic women make on average even less at 56 cents.
Until we address major quality of life issues like these here in the United States and around the world… we will continue to feel at odds with each other… Here’s a link
JUNETEENTH JUNE 19th
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.
Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection and rejoicing. It is a time for assessment, self-improvement and for planning the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long over due. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our society.
SOME THINGS I’VE COME ACROSS
Beautiful ART in the form of Human Illusion
And for me… this is what young girls, beautiful dancing, and pure joyful abandon looks like… (plus… well… its James Brown! #getonthegoodfoot)
HAPPY FATHERS DAY
Congratulations to all you fathers out there. And congratulations also to those who appreciate the role of father… that means all the spiritual guides… big brothers… and adoptive parents etc.… who step in when it is needed.
We have all needed guidance at some time in our lives… so praise goes out to you for your important contribution.
That’s all for now… I have some new music coming out soon… Be on the lookout.
This year for Black History Month I thought I’d share the stories Thurgood Marshall and Hazel Scott.
Justice Thurgood Marshall…
never stopped having empathy for the common folk and the disadvantaged” and he used the law to help those folk…. Regardless of color. He proved a tremendous force for good and is someone that everyone should know about. Here is a short 8 minute clip…. you won’t be disappointed.
was a Trinidadian-born jazz and classical pianist, singer and actor. She was also an activist. Here is her story….
Here are some of my songs of romance…..
Love is our true destiny. We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone – we find it with one another.
My staff here at gregoryabbott.com thought they’d have a bit of fun and came up with this Valentine’s Day t-shirt. lol
“I know of only one duty and that is to love”
A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE FOR ALL
I wrote recently about my long term interest in learning about and understanding how to address… as a planet… a sustainable future for all. There are seventeenUnited Nations Sustainable Development Goals that were adopted in 2015 by countries all over the world. I spoke about the first… which is to end poverty in all its forms everywhere.
The SECOND is to end HUNGER
World hunger is caused by so much more than a shortage of food. Even in places where food is plentiful or can be grown, challenges like disasters, conflict or poverty prevent people from accessing it. Imagine…. if one of us was living in a country that made the basic necessity of food a challenge….People in poverty generally spend between 60 and 80 percent of their income on food, which can force them to prioritize feeding their families over meeting other basic needs or reaching long-term goals, like sending their children to school. If an emergency strikes, they may need to skip meals in order to cope financially — and the cycle of hunger continues.
What can WE do? Well…. here are a few ideas people are coming up with…. Non profits are doing most of the work and there is no one way to do this. It takes a group effort on the part of all of us. The main thing is to be aware that this is happening….
P. S. My prayers for an effective end to the threat of the coronavirus.
A World Health Organization committee is set to meet for the second time in a week to decide whether the outbreak is a global health emergency. Today’s meeting comes as the number of confirmed cases surpassed 7,700 worldwide, most of them in China
UPDATE: The virus has now been declared a global health emergency.